The Attack on Jalë Payam of Bor, Jonglei State (RSS)

Bor Community in Canada

London ON

For immediate Release

The Attack on Jalë Payam of Bor, Jonglei State (RSS)

(London, ON, October 24, 2015),  The members of Bor Community in Canada send their condolences to the families of the victims of the attack at Jale Payam on October 22, 2015. We condemn this inhumane act with the strongest possible terms. It is an evil act that deserves condemnation for all peace loving communities and individuals around the world. There is no justification for such criminal acts aimed at taking the lives of innocent people and destroying their properties.

It is regrettable that some communities in South Sudan have chosen violence as a means of acquiring wealth instead of making efforts to explore other means of survival.

The use of violence by Murle’s youth is not new to Bor Community and other surrounding communities, but this kind of criminal behavior has gone on for too long. It needs to stop. The government of South Sudan—-at the national and local levels—- must devise ways to curb such activities. They are counterproductive to peace building, the economic prosperity of the country, and the promotion of social cohesion in the society.

We members of Bor Community in Canada, therefore, urge the government of South Sudan to investigate this incident, other incidents of unjustifiable attacks, and cattle rustling that have led to killing and displacing of civilians in Bor and neighboring communities. Individuals and organizers of those criminal acts must be brought to justice and held accountable for their crimes.

When the perpetrators of such acts go unpunished for their crimes, they repeat the same thing now and then. It has a potential to encourage others to do the same activity. It has to be stopped before the communities that face the attacks take the law into their own hands. Everyone knows that it is the responsibility of any government to protect its citizens, and allowing criminal elements to act with impunity suggest otherwise.

It is not only a catastrophe to the communities that face this barbarity on a daily basis, but it also suggests that the government has lost control over maintaining peace in the country. Something needs to be done to stop those organized crimes.
Malith Kur On behalf of Bor Community in Canada

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